“Students still don’t have gadgets”- Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture

The Minister of Education and Culture (Mendikbud), Nadiem Makarim said

Apart from the benefits of internet quota assistance, it turns out that there are still obstacles to be encountered.

Internet quota assistance, apart from being an effort to assist distance learning during a pandemic. It is also a milestone for digitization in the education sector throughout Indonesia.

However, each region has different constraints according to the conditions of the region.

Nadiem gave an example, for example in remote areas and 3T (outermost, disadvantaged and frontier), it was admitted that the internet network was still a problem. Then in Rote Nusa Tenggara Timur, the obstacle encountered is the low economic level of the community. So that many don’t have a device or cellphone.
In fact, mobile phones are one of the media used in the distance learning process (PJJ).

Coordinate with Kominfo

“Even though on Rote Island, the 3G connection is pretty good everywhere, I see a signal, but the main problem is that you don’t have a device, so there are variations (obstacles),” said Nadiem during a working meeting of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud), with the Commission. X DPR RI on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Nadiem said that his party would coordinate with the Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) regarding the provision of adequate internet access.

As for the next one or two years, Nadiem said, Kemendikbud together with Kominfo, will jointly encourage ensuring the availability of internet networks.

Apart from the internet network, the provision of laptops and ICT goods in schools in the future is also a priority that the Ministry of Education and Culture wants to encourage.

“This is the reason why the digitalization of schools with the provision of devices in the form of laptops will be very important, although there is no PJJ (in the future), but because there are so many of our children or families who cannot afford devices, the provision of laptops and ICT goods are one of the main priorities, in 2021 this is very important, “he said.

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Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ainun Naim added, from the survey it was found that one of the obstacles or shortcomings of quota assistance was. Limited internet network access and unstable signal.

“From the survey, there are still deficiencies that are still encountered. Among them are the unstable internet signal, limited internet access, the number of internet quota and active period which is considered to be relatively small, the unequal distribution, not all students have cellphones or devices, lack of facilities from the campus. As well as the lack of socialization, “said Ainun.